NEW YORK (Reuters) – You can’t wipe a baby wipe clean if you’ve been there before, and you should not wash your baby’s wipes after their last drink, a new study finds.
In an attempt to address some of the common concerns over wiping wipes after drinks, the baby wipes company IWKW in the United States conducted a study of 3,400 wipes sold in stores.
The company says the wipes were tested for moisture, and the average was 91 percent, which is “above average.”
In the U.S., wipes were sold in three sizes: a 12-ounce tube, a 30-ounce package and a 40-ounce jar.
The study, conducted by the UPMC Health Care Center in New York City, found the average wipe was 92 percent water-soluble, the study’s lead researcher, Dr. J. Pauline Krieger, said.
So the average amount of moisture in the wipes, about 0.02 percent, was still “above the average,” the study found.IWK is one of several companies that have begun selling wipes for babies, after years of struggling to find a product that did not cause problems.
In addition to the wipe study, IWG, the company that markets wipes, said it was conducting another study to investigate the safety of the wipes.
Washable, a brand of wipes made by the company IWF, said in a statement that the wipes tested were not “water-soluable,” though it noted that the company has “always conducted rigorous testing and is confident in the reliability of the product.”
The IWF says the moisture content of the baby wipe is “within acceptable limits.”
The wipes are “available in many different sizes and colors,” and a baby wipes label warns against wiping the wipes “on baby’s arms or face, even after they’ve washed,” according to a statement.
Wipe manufacturer IWW says the wipe’s manufacturer tested the wipes to see if they were waterproof.IWF also released a video on its website showing how to wipe baby wipes.
The wipes’ labels are “very simple to understand and understand,” Kriege said.
The researchers found that the average moisture content was 94 percent, “above our recommendation of 95 percent,” the researchers said.
But Kriegen said it’s too soon to know what percentage of wipes are safe for babies.
“We do not know if the wipes are not safe,” she said.